How do you become a published novelist?

Deanne Adams, Story Coach and Mentor. Write the best book you can.
Written by Deanne Adams


Every writer of novels starts somewhere. Somehow.

Everyone starts out with a story idea, or the seed of an idea, or the merest hint of the seed of an idea. The difference between those who end up writing a good book and those who create something awful – or who get a few chapters in and give up – is summed up in two things.

The first thing that sets a successful new novelist apart from an unsuccessful one is learning how to do it. The second thing that makes the difference between a good novel and a bad one is persistence.


How do you become a successful novelist?

Perhaps you expected me to say ‘talent’. You hear authors being praised for being talented. It’s written in buyers’ reviews and newspaper reviews, it’s said when awards are being given out, and it’s mentioned when someone recommends a book to a friend.

Writing talent is overrated. In fact, the word ‘talent’ is unhelpful. Talent suggests that a particular author can ‘just do it’ naturally, almost without thinking. It makes new writers think they can’t become authors because they aren’t good enough.

The writer who is willing to learn and who sticks with it will do better than the writer who tries to get by on talent alone. Every single time.

A writer with a little bit of natural ability with words, plus a willingness to learn and keep at it will do better than someone who imagines fantastic scenes but hardly ever writes them down and never seeks to deepen their understanding.

That little bit of natural ability lives in all of us because we are all people. That means it lives in you too. Telling stories is fundamental to being human. The difference between those ‘talented’ authors with fantastic stories on offer and the rest of the human population is just those two things: learning and practice… unglamorous as that might sound!

Short Stories that work - online course by Deanne Adams, Story Coach and mentor

How do you become a successful novelist?

You can do it too if that’s what you really want. You can put a novel (or several novels) out into the world. Perhaps you’ll read reviews about how ‘talented’ you are!

By working with a fabulous publisher, I can offer you something that gets you from beginner fiction writer to published author. First, a full digital course teaches you all the essentials of writing a novel. You’ll understand structure, character creation, and how to write a scene that speaks to your readers’ imaginations. You’ll develop confidence and experience lightbulb moments of understanding.

Then, you continue your journey with me in my small, supportive community of writers, learning in a hivemind manner through monthly group sessions, weekend writing challenges, feedback sessions, writing sprint sessions, as well as monthly one-to-one sessions with me to discuss your project and keep you on the right lines. This is a whole year of support.

Many writers stay with me much longer than twelve months. You have the option to continue if you wish – but there’s no obligation.

By then, you could have your manuscript ready to begin the publication process. You receive a copyedit of your manuscript from me to make sure it is the best it can be. The wonderful team at Authors & Co. take care of your book’s professional formatting, beautiful cover design and publishing.

Your own novel – Published!

Perhaps best of all – you retain all rights and royalties. Your novel is your own.

This is high-value, end-to-end support to help you write your novel and publish it. Imagine it. No more wondering if you’re able to do it. No more trying on your own and failing. You get accountability, encouragement, expert support, a community that wants you to succeed, and a beautiful, well-written book you can be proud of. It could even be the beginning of a new career as a fiction author.

Fiction Academy

Fiction Academy is available from spring 2023. For more information, head to Authors & Co

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I care passionately about words and stories. As a Story Coach and Mentor, I help writers to tell irresistible stories. I offer courses, memberships and programmes to suit beginners, developing writers and those ready to become the writer they've been trying to be for years.

Learn how to 'Show more than you tell' in your writing with my free workbook - your guide to an engaging storytelling style. You can also follow me on Facebook for more tips to support your writing journey.

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